October 2011

Cold Christmas ahead as funding for new church dries up
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

Hailun (UCAN): The people of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Hailun city, northeastern Heilongjiang province, may have to celebrate Christmas Mass outdoors this year as funds for the building of a new church have dried up. Acting parish priest, Father Dou Chuanguo, said that fund-raising efforts have come to a halt since the parish priest, Father Shang Kanfa, was arrested after a screwdriver-wielding man died in a heated scuffle on August 26 (Sunday...

Asian bishops gear up to face secularisation and fundamentalism
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

BANGKOK (SE): Secularisation and religious fundamentalism were pinpointed as the two greatest obstacles to the growth of the faith in Asia by the president of the Evangelisation Office of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, at a gathering in Bangkok, Thailand, Fides reported on September 28.

The Indian archbishop was in Bangkok to attend a preparatory meeting for a...

Vatican calls on United Nations for courageous decision on Palestine
(Thursday, 6 October 2011 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In an address to the United Nations (UN), Vatican representative, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, called for courageous decisions toward the two-state solution for the Holy Land, after a request from Palestinian leaders for full UN membership.

Archbishop Mamberti, the Vatican’s top foreign affairs official, did not say whether the Vatican explicitly supported the Palestine’s request,...